Open Field
The Pope, the Problems and the 2015 Schedule
The Pope, the Problems and the 2015 Schedule
Assigning dates to the 256 NFL games is a complex process. And that’s before a plea on behalf of the pontiff. Here’s how four men and 136 computers navigated approximately 50 ‘must-have’ conditions to nail down this fall’s football slate
By Peter King
Monday Morning Quarterback
Rivers Trade Dead? Draft Intrigue Begins at No. 2
Rivers Trade Dead? Draft Intrigue Starts at No. 2
With the draft three days away, the Titans still are willing to deal the second pick—Browns? Jets? Eagles?—but acquiring Philip Rivers from San Diego is growing less likely. Plus, why this draft is unpredictable, how it'll look in Chicago and more
By Peter King
Weekend Notes
On Film Study, Texting Coaches and Seattle’s MVP
On Film Study, Texting Coaches and Seattle’s MVP
For an inveterate tape-watcher, the complexity and beauty of pro football are on display in the All-22 film, but neither it nor an intimate insider can definitively name which Seahawk is most valuable. Plus notes on Jameis Winston, Tim Tebow, RG3 and more
By Andy Benoit
The Prospects
It Didn’t Break Him
It Didn’t Break Him
Lorenzo Mauldin spent his childhood bouncing from foster home to foster home—16 of them to be exact. The statistics said he was unlikely to amount to anything, but now he's a college graduate about to be drafted into the NFL. He beat the odds; he wants foster kids to know they can do the same
By Robert Klemko
Countdown to Draft Day
T-Minus 7 Days: The Draft’s QBs, Now and Then
The Draft’s QBs, Now and Then
We’ve spent months comparing Winston and Mariota to each other. But how do they compare to other recent first-round quarterbacks? An NFL team shares five years of its pre-draft quarterback grades. Plus, notes on Landon Collins, Marcus Peters and the race to be the fourth receiver taken
By Robert Klemko
The MMQB Mailbag
Hardy’s New Bench Trial
Hardy’s New Bench Trial
Greg Hardy was convicted and then cleared of domestic-abuse charges by the North Carolina judicial system. A look at why the NFL’s new disciplinary process still suspended him for 10 games ... plus, answering your questions about the 2015 schedule, Jim Harbaugh and Aaron Hernandez
By Peter King
Podcast
The MMQB Podcast with Andy Benoit – NFL Draft: Cornerbacks
The MMQB Podcast with Andy Benoit – NFL Draft: Cornerbacks
Andy and Greg Cosell run through the top cornerbacks in the this year's draft, plus a conversation with The MMQB's Robert Klemko about the 2015 NFL schedule
By Andy Benoit
Business of Football
The Stars May Align for Blockbuster Trades
The Stars May Align for Blockbuster Trades
With Adrian Peterson and Philip Rivers, we might see two high-profile trades that make sense for all four teams ... plus, five thoughts on Tim Tebow going to Philly
By Andrew Brandt
Muscle and Medicine
Lawrence Tynes’ Nightmare
Lawrence Tynes’ Nightmare
The man who kicked the Giants into two Super Bowls with clutch overtime field goals saw his career cut short in 2013 by MRSA, a dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can thrive in NFL locker rooms. He’s not going quietly into retirement
By Andrew Lawrence
NFL Draft
No Ordinary Agent
No Ordinary Agent
He is a Yale-educated former defensive tackle who once negotiated the biggest contract in NFL history. Yet he spends the bulk of his time coaching high school football and scouting small-time college programs for hidden gems. And when Joe Linta puts his stamp of approval on a prospect, NFL teams notice
By Emily Kaplan